Cauliflower and Leek Soup

15.7.13



I love cauliflower - and if you do too, then I encourage you to give this a go (and also the cauliflower puree from this post - it is fantastic). This is a very gentle, soothing, nourishing soup - perfect to enjoy on a cold, miserable day. Even though it has 1/2 cup of cream added at the end, when you divide this by 6 serves, it really ends up to only be a couple of tablespoons each, so the recipe itself is pretty jolly healthy...and tastes delicious! If you haven't yet paid me a visit I'd love to see you at my Facebook page, come on over and say 'hi', and if you fancy check out the index page for loads more recipes to try :)



2 tbsp olive oil
1 leek, trimmed, white part only, halved and sliced
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 medium/large agria (floury) potato, peeled and chopped
1 large whole head of cauliflower (or 2 small) broken into florets
1 litre chicken stock
200ml whole milk
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper
plenty of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 cup cream (plus a 1/4 cup extra)

Heat oil in a large pot and cook leek and onion over a medium/gentle heat for 15 minutes, until soft. Add potato, cauliflower and chicken stock, nutmeg and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and leave to cook for 45 minutes. Season well to taste with sea salt and black pepper, add milk then puree in batches. Reheat and stir in Parmesan and 1/2 cup cream. Serve with a swirl of extra cream and another grinding of black pepper. Serves 6 with fresh bread rolls for lunch, or as a starter.



10 comments :

  1. I made the soup yesterday, it's very tasty! Preety big pot from one head of cauliflower. Thank you for recipe!

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    1. Thanks so much for your message, and my apologies for the late reply - I didn't realise I had missed some! :)

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  2. I made it, taste really good! Thank you!

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    1. I'm so glad, thanks for the message! :)

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  3. This was absolutely fantastic!

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  4. I'm wondering if this soup would be any good without the cream, since I am on a low saturated fat diet?

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    1. Yes definitely, just not quite as rich - you can easily substitute whole milk :)

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  5. I saw lovely fresh cauliflowers in our local shops this morning and I remembered this recipe of yours so guess what's on our menu this cold Perth evening? I can't wait ☺

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    1. Oh yay - I hope you enjoy it Deb! :)

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